# 43130

Sydney Ure Smith

Art in Australia : Second number

  • Sold

Edited by Sydney Ure Smith, Bertram Stevens &​ C. Lloyd Jones. Sydney : Art in Australia, 1917. Octavo, pictorial card wrappers, splits to joints, unpaginated, scattered foxing, illustrated with tipped-in colour plates, plus b/w plates, an good copy. Includes essay by Julian Ashton on Charles Conder; essay by John Lane Mullins on W. Hardy Wilson; article by Lionel Lindsay on Arthur Streeton; Bertram Stevens on Sir Baldwin Spencer; illustrations by Arthur Streeton, Charles Conder, W. Hardy Wilson, David Low, and Hans Heysen et. al. Printed in an edition of 1250 copies.

Art in Australia was conceived by Sydney Ure Smith as a flagship for Australian painting and graphic art, and has become the most important resource on Australian art in the first half of the twentieth century. Robert Holden writes ‘The magazine became a showcase of Australian printing ability and set new standards of advertising excellence … Artistic layout, quality graphic work in colour, an harmonious choice of typography and carefully worded text were all combined …’ (Cover Up, Sydney: 1995, p. 74).

For over a quarter of a century, and through its different formats, Art in Australia reviewed and discussed all aspects of Australian art exhibited in both commercial public galleries. Its longevity as a journal was due to its modern approach to design, with many covers being icons of art deco style in themselves.